Baby brother for Katherine and Judah

This is my first time posting here but I am stuck.  My other children are Katherine Theta and Judah Joshua.  When naming Judah back in 2010, I also loved Asher James.  Now that we are having another boy, I am back to Asher James.  However Asher seems to have just skyrocketed in popularity in the past 3 years.  While I am perfectly fine with a name being "common," I am not a trendy person in the slightest, and a "trendy" name turns me off.

We still have (give or take) 10 weeks to go.  Should we stick with Asher?  I am also open to suggestions.  One "rule" I have (and this might make me sound completely crazy), but everyone in our family has an H somewhere in their first name, (although mine is random and silent, Meghan).  We actually didn't mean for it to happen but now it seems like a requirement.

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December 25, 2013 1:08 AM

Does the popularity of Asher now make you love the name less or does it just make you mad that its popular? I actually REALLY like Asher with Judah and, if you still LOVE the name, then you should use it. Originally, I was going to use Penelope for a girl and then Kourtney Kardashian named her daughter Penelope. The name did rise in popularity, but it didn't sky rocket like Mason did after she named her son Mason. I decided not to use it afterall, but that was more because I felt like it didn't work with our son's name and I found something I loved more. 

That being said, I have a name picked out for baby #3 if its a boy and I've seen a LOT of mentions of the name on this site and a few others. If it sky rockets to popularity, I still see myself using it because it just feels like THE NAME. It has everything going for it and I wouldn't let the popularity level stop me.

The #1 name in our state is William. A friend of mine had her son in October; she'd picked out the name William forever ago and, while she wasn't thrilled that William was #1 in the state, she couldn't imagine another name for her son so they went with it and they don't regret it. 

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December 25, 2013 11:32 AM

I do still really love it.  I love that Asher and Judah are brothers in the Bible, it means "happy," and is also a character in one of my favorite books, The Giver.  I used to imagine Asher as belonging in Fiddler on the Roof, or an Amish farm.  Now I'm imagining Asher dressed in Baby Gap and riding in a Bugaboo.  One the other hand, the name is thousands of years old, how "trendy" can it be?

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December 25, 2013 3:37 PM

I agree with you. It may be something that people are picking up on right now, but it has a solid history behind it. I really don't think anyone is going to think that its just a "trendy pick". My vote is to go for it! 

If you're still not sure, here's a list of other boy names off the top of my head that include the letter h:

Noah
Elijah
Ethan
Anthony
Joseph
Thomas
Henry
Christopher
John
Nathan
Nathaniel
Christian
Jonathan
Isaiah
Nicholas
Hunter
Charles
Jeremiah
Zachary
Chase
Josiah
Hudson
Timothy
Hayden
Micah
Richard
Jonah
Ashton
Malachi
Harrison
Abraham
Seth
Graham
Stephen
Chance
Shane
Cash
Holden
Marshall
Philip
Arthur
Matthew
Archer
Chandler
Mitchell
Rhys
Rhett
Channing
Raphael
Shawn/Shaun
Michael
Heath
Thaddeus
Hugh

...and I'm sure there's plenty more than I can't think of right now! But, to be perfectly honest, I still like Asher the best. =) 

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January 1, 2014 3:26 PM

It sounds like a good fit for your family, and you're dead on about the fact that it's a thousand years old. Not trendy so much as a traditional name currently in favor. :)